Archive for July 22nd, 2006

Ooo!!!

Chris Bowers has some very intriguing CT numbers from Rasmussen, the most pro-Bush of pollsters:

Rasmussen shows Lamont with a solid 51-41 lead (currently, the poll is only available to subscribers to Rasmussen). The previous Rasmussen poll, conducted in mid-June, showed Liberman ahead 46-40.Rasmussen has consistently shown better results for Lamont than the homegrown Q-poll. The reason, as Mystery Pollster notes, is that this race is very difficult to poll. Clearly, they are using different models for likely voters. Because this is such an unusual race, no one knows what the best model would be right now. It is possible that all polls are off.

In a three way race, Rasmussen shows Lamont and Lieberman tied at 40% each, with the Republican at 13%. It is pretty amusing to see just how hapless Republicans are in this race.

Please let Rasmussen actually be right this time…

2 comments July 22nd, 2006 at 01:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Lamont,Lieberman,Politics,Polls

Earth? Who Cares?

This surprises… no-one:

From 2002 until this year, NASA’s mission statement, prominently featured in its budget and planning documents, read: “To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers … as only NASA can.”

In early February, the statement was quietly altered, with the phrase “to understand and protect our home planet” deleted. In this year’s budget and planning documents, the agency’s mission is “to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.”

David E. Steitz, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the aim was to square the statement with President Bush’s goal of pursuing human spaceflight to the Moon and Mars.

But the change comes as an unwelcome surprise to many NASA scientists, who say the “understand and protect” phrase was not merely window dressing but actively influenced the shaping and execution of research priorities. Without it, these scientists say, there will be far less incentive to pursue projects to improve understanding of terrestrial problems like climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

“We refer to the mission statement in all our research proposals that go out for peer review, whenever we have strategy meetings,” said Philip B. Russell, a 25-year NASA veteran who is an atmospheric chemist at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. “As civil servants, we’re paid to carry out NASA’s mission. When there was that very easy-to-understand statement that our job is to protect the planet, that made it much easier to justify this kind of work.”

(snip)

Dr. Hansen said the change might reflect White House eagerness to shift the spotlight away from global warming.

“They’re making it clear that they have the authority to make this change, that the president sets the objectives for NASA, and that they prefer that NASA work on something that’s not causing them a problem,” he said.

The home planet can get bent. I suspected that starving/de-emphasizing inconvenient climate research (as well as offering up false hope of being able to escape if we trash the plane beyond repair) was the goal all along when Bush made his “Mars, Bitches!” State Of The Union address; I never thought he really gave a rat’s ass about space exploration, unless there was oil to be found.

Also, I wonder how long before they add “To boldly go where no man has gone before…”

6 comments July 22nd, 2006 at 01:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Science,Wankers

The Value Of Money


An educational music video of sorts, provided by Atrios the economist.

July 22nd, 2006 at 12:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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